Picking and pruning

Author Jonathan Neumann sees secular Jewish leftists as distorting the religion and its traditions.

By ELAINE MARGOLIN
August 10, 2018 04:44
4 minute read.
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DEMONSTRATORS TAKE part in a ‘Muslim and Jewish Solidarity’ protest against US President Donald Trump and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in New York City, 2017. (photo credit: MIKE SEGAR / REUTERS)

 
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Jonathan Neumann, author of the compelling and provocative treatise To Heal the World? How the Jewish Left Corrupts Judaism and Endangers Israel, views my mother as a failed Jew.

My 92-year-old mother, born in Brooklyn to poor Jewish immigrants, doesn’t keep a kosher home or observe Shabbat, and knows little about the ritual text. She proudly identifies as a Jew, but Neumann would describe her Jewish life as nothing more than the practice of some loose strands of liberal politics tied together and glossed over with pieces of Jewish nostalgia.

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